Vail Daily obituary: Thomas ‘Tom’ W. Spooner Jr.
On the morning of Feb. 5, Thomas “Tom” W. Spooner Jr. passed away peacefully at Craig Hospital in Englewood. Tom suffered a traumatic brain injury in September and spent the past six months in and out of the intensive care unit at Craig with the determination to rehab and get back to the things he loved to do. Unfortunately, Tom had an underlying bone marrow disease. His disease had been stable, but the injury and stress on his body caused it to quickly progress into the leukemia that ultimately took his life.
Tom was 68 years young. He spent these past months working as hard as he could to get better. His wife, Linda, and daughter, Ashley, were with him every day to support his rehab. He passed away surrounded by his family. Tom was founder and owner of Voltek Import Service Inc. for 30 years. He had many Vail Valley customers who would drive to Denver to see him. He sold his business and retired in 2011.
Tom, Linda and their daughter, Ashley, have been part-time Vail Valley residents since the early ’90s. Tom and Linda volunteered for guest services at Beaver Creek and Ashley was in the Vail Devo program as a child.
Tom was a very caring and compassionate man. He was always willing to give a hand to anyone that asked. He loved to tinker in his garage and be outside. He was an expert skier, motorcycle rider, bike rider, hiker and anything that kept him outside. He loved taking his dog, Zoie, on walks in the mountains and in the wooded area near his new home in Parker.
Tom was a very special man that touched many lives. We have all learned what it means to be a kind, generous, respectful and genuine person from Tom. We are better people for knowing him and he will never be forgotten.
A celebration of life will be held this spring. We ask that instead of flowers you donate to Craig Hospital in Tom’s name and/or donate blood at Bonfils Blood Center to the Tom Spooner Memorial Drive. Please refer to the Ponderosa Valley Funeral Services website or http://www.Caringbridge.org under Tom Spooner for more information on services. Caringbridge also has a chronicle of the past six months for anyone interested.